Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – July 15, 2010

The Top 100 Free Apps for Your Phone – Last November, when we first did this story, you couldn’t get enough of it. So, we’re back at it. Our 2010 version changes things up a bit, with our choices for the top free apps in six categories: iPhone, Google Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, webOS, and Symbian.

Google App Inventor for Android Lets Amateurs Write Apps – App Inventor for Android is designed to help people with no computer programming experience write applications for smartphones based on Google’s Android open-source mobile operating system.

ZeuS Trojan Learns How to Spoof Credit Card Security Popups – The ZeuS banking trojan is back making headlines, this time for hitting up infected machines with fake enrollment screens for both Visa and MasterCard credit cards. “When you log into your bank, it says you have to enroll in Verified by Visa, that it’s regulated now and you have to do it,” explains Mickey Boodaei, CEO at Trusteer, a security firm.

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Secunia Report Paints Bleak Picture For End Users – Typical end user PCs have numerous vulnerable applications, many of which were patched long ago.

Universal USB Installer Makes a Persistent Thumb Drive Version of Any Linux OS – Having a full Linux operating system on a USB thumb drive is pretty neat. Having that OS customized, with your own favorite apps and all your settings intact, is far more helpful. This Windows tool makes that possible.

Review Spotlight: Hard drive defrag applications roundup – Hard drive defrag applications are plentiful. This roundup photo gallery provides a quick glance at the applications TechRepublic has reviewed over the past year.

Lifehacker: How to Take Full Advantage of Your Solid-State Drive – Solid-state drives (SSDs) have grown popular in recent years for the impressive speed increases your system gains using them. To get the most from your SSD, however, you can (and should) do a few things differently.

Mac users increasingly susceptible to security threats – Consultant Erik Eckel advises enterprise Mac administrators to focus more on security practices such as timely patching and user training due to the increasing number of threats to Mac systems.

Rogue AV Live Tech Support – This is a recording of a live chat session with the technical support agent associated with a rogue AV program. The session was recorded by Nicolas Brulez, a security analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

New Malware Scam Picks On eBay Fans – Hackers know where people like to go online and what brands the average Internet user responds to when they conceive their illicit plots. This time around, it’s eBay users they’ve targeted.

Off Topic (Sort of):

How the iPhone Could Bring Apple Down – A return to blind arrogance could become Apple’s Waterloo, and a greater threat than Android or Windows Phone 7.

More people are losing their jobs due to online missteps – Despite warnings from career experts around the globe, employees persist in posting personal and sometimes inappropriate information on their personal online accounts.

Wild computing devices from the late 1800s and early 1900s – At the beginning of the 20 century, inventors put computing devices on everything from scales to cheese cutters.

Homeland Security cracks down on canoeists – As someone who believes that our nation has a right to enforce its borders, I should have been gratified when the Immigrations official at the border saw the canoe on our car and informed us that anyone who crossed the nearby international waterway illegally would be arrested and fined as much as $5,000.

10 Everyday Items Hackers Are Targeting Right Now – Just when you thought it was safe to use your computer, hackers have figured out how to attack everyday items. Your printer, your cellphone – even the blender in your kitchen – can be hacked and used against you.

Today’s Quote:

“To be willing to die for an idea is to set a rather high price on conjecture.”

–     Anatole France

Today’s Free Downloads:

Firefox Add-On SkipScreen Spares You Some Ads and Wait Screens – Skip past some of the ad and timed-wait screens for popular download sites with SkipScreen’s help.

CleanMem memory optimization done right – Brought to you by the guys at PcWinTech, CleanMem is designed to tackle the worst of memory leaking processes and shrink their memory footprint to improve system performance.

Nitro PDF (64-bit version) – Nitro PDF Reader is the most powerful free PDF reading and creation tool you can find. You can add notes, highlight text, type text into a text box, insert a signature, and much more. As a PDF reader, it’s lighting fast.

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